Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 57.55
Liaison Michelle Larkins
Submission Date Dec. 20, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Pacific University
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.25 / 4.00 Michelle Larkins
Director of the CSS
Center for a Sustainable Society
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Does the institution have a published strategic plan or equivalent guiding document that includes sustainability at a high level? :
Yes

A brief description of how the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document addresses sustainability:

Sustainability is a stated goal in our Vision 2020, our institution level strategic plan.


A copy of the strategic plan:
The website URL where the strategic plan is publicly available:
Does the institution have a published sustainability plan (apart from what is reported above)? :
Yes

A copy of the sustainability plan:
The website URL where the sustainability plan is publicly available:
Does the institution have a published climate action plan (apart from what is reported above)? :
Yes

A copy of the climate action plan:
The website URL where the climate action plan is publicly available:
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Does the institution have other published plans that address sustainability or include measurable sustainability objectives (e.g. campus master plan, physical campus plan, diversity plan, human resources plan)? :
Yes

A list of other published plans that address sustainability, including public website URLs (if available):
Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Curriculum?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Curriculum and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Year One Accreditation Report.
https://www.pacificu.edu/about/directory/provost-academic-affairs/accreditation

Example:
Please see page 7, regarding percentage of students who take formal courses in community-based learning (target 70%). This is part of the scaffolding for our Undergraduate students to satisfy Learning Outcome 3 of the Sustainability Requirement: articulate how sustainability relates to their lives as community members, workers and individuals and how their actions impact sustainability.

The number does not scale to 100, because students who are not in the College of Arts and Sciences do not have to complete Sustainability coursework to graduate, however, we still encourage them to engage with community.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Research?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Research and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Campus Engagement?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Campus Engagement and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Public Engagement?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Public Engagement and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Air & Climate?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Air & Climate and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Buildings?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Buildings and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Energy?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Energy and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Food & Dining?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Food & Dining and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Per our contract with Aramark, our food service provider, 40% of all food served on the undergraduate and graduate campuses must be from a local provider. Local in the contract is defined as a 250 mile foodshed. We have recently added a hyperlocal preference, which shrinks the foodshed to 100 miles or less.

The standard is report in our sustainability annual report, the contract with Aramark is not publicly available; however an announcement of the contract standard may be found here on our University website:
https://www.pacificu.edu/about-us/campus-locations/new-construction/university-center-refresh/pacific-university-partner


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Grounds?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Grounds and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Stated Goals of the Campus Landscape Plan, hosted as part of the Sustainability Plan:

c. Goals
• Maintain the integrity and health of the Oregon white oak forest as the highest priority.
• Increase the tree canopy area from the present level of about 25% to at least 30%.
• Rely primarily on native tree and shrub species.
• Use scientific principles for grass, shrub, and tree management, particularly regarding the white oaks.
• Where applicable, adhere to the tenets of the Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™) led by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA); see outline of some principles in “d” below.
• Minimize the use of biocides and chemical fertilizers.
• Minimize the adverse effects of development on the landscape.
• Maximize use of grass clippings and fallen leaves and twigs on site as mulch, or compost them on or off site.
• Reduce the use of energy to maintain the landscape.
• Promote aquifer recharge by retaining rainfall on site.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Purchasing?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Purchasing and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Purchasing Strategic Plan (from list of unit strategic plans included above,
https://www.pacificu.edu/about/pacific-directory/offices-departments/provost-academic-affairs/institutional-research-assessment/strategic-planning/strategic-plans)
1. Office paper should contain at least 30 percent post-consumer recycled
content.
2. All new technology purchases (appliances, computers, copiers, and printers) should be Energy Star-rated.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Transportation?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Transportation and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Waste?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Waste and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Water?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Water and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Diversity & Affordability?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Diversity & Affordability and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Year One:
1. By 2024 have 60% of students at level 3 proficiency of the AACU Value Rubric for Intercultural Competence.
2. By 2024 have 90% of Finalist pools for faculty include 1 member of under-represented groups.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Investment & Finance?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Investment & Finance and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Wellbeing & Work?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Wellbeing & Work and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address other areas (e.g. arts and culture or technology)?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address other areas and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Does the institution have a formal statement in support of sustainability endorsed by its governing body (e.g. a mission statement that specifically includes sustainability and is endorsed by the Board of Trustees)? :
Yes

The formal statement in support of sustainability:

A diverse and sustainable community dedicated to discovery and excellence in teaching, scholarship and practice, Pacific University inspires students to think, care, create, and pursue justice in our world.


The institution’s definition of sustainability (e.g. as included in a published statement or plan):

Sustainability is a conceptual framework, and set of practices that recognize the complexity, embeddedness, and interconnections between ecological integrity, social equity, and economic vitality; and actively works toward ethical, transdisciplinary solutions across local and global scales that advance the wellbeing of people and places now and in the future. Learn more about sustainability through the Center for a Sustainable Society.


Is the institution an endorser or signatory of the following? :
Yes or No
The Earth Charter ---
The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) ---
ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter ---
Second Nature’s Carbon Commitment (formerly known as the ACUPCC), Resilience Commitment, and/or integrated Climate Commitment Yes
The Talloires Declaration (TD) Yes
UN Global Compact ---
Other multi-dimensional sustainability commitments (please specify below) ---

A brief description of the institution’s formal sustainability commitments, including the specific initiatives selected above:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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